Rector High School Graduation Held

Thursday, May 14, 2015
RaChelle Classen and Landen Crancer were named Best All-Around at the RHS graduation Sunday.(TD photo/Jessica Rainwater)

A large crowd of family, friends and faculty gathered Sunday at the Rector High School gymnasium to celebrate the graduation of the class of 2015. Thirty-three students have stepped over the line between high school and adulthood excitedly going on to the next chapter of life.

The RHS band played the processional as the blue and grey adorned seniors entered the gym for the last time as Rector students.

Principal Wade Williams welcomed the crowd and introduced Mason McCluskey, who gave a touching invocation asking for blessings for the seniors and all the mothers in the room. He was followed by Brittany Fair, valedictorian, and RaChelle Classen, salutatorian, who gave their respective addresses. Fair read Dr. Seuss's poem "Oh the Places You'll Go," and Classen reflected on the seniors' time growing up at RHS.

Williams, accompanied by superintendent Johnny Fowler, presented senior awards. Landen Crancer and RaChelle Classen were named Best All-Around.

Department awards included Agriculture, RaChelle Classen; Athletics and Business Education, Brittany Fair and Landen Crancer; English, Brittany Fair; Family Consumer Science, Harmony Brown; Math, RaChelle Classen; Science, Brittany Fair; Social Studies, Landen Crancer; Gifted and Talented, Lindsey Shelton, Hunter Kemper and Nicholas Householder.

Honor graduates Brittany Fair, RaChelle Classen, Landen Crancer, Grayson Crancer, Hunter Kemper, Marla Crancer and Emily Clayton were also presented with plaques commemorating their hard work to keep a 3.5 GPA or above.

A grand total of $323,930 in scholarships was presented to:

RaChelle Classen -- Math Club Scholarship, $100; Future Teachers of America Scholarship, $100; Helping Hands Foundation Scholarship, $5,000; Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, $14,000, and the Arkansas State University Pride Scholarship, $27,880 over four years.

Landen Crancer -- Math Club Scholarship, $100; Centennial Bank Scholarship, $200; Lions Club Scholarship, $250; Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, $350; Ryan Rogers Memorial Scholarship, $500; RHS Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship, $1,000; Ralph Simmons Memorial Scholarship, $1,500; Helping Hands Scholarship, $5,000; Arkansas State University Spirit Scholarship, $12,000 over four years, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship of $14,000 over four years.

Seth McAfee -- Future Teachers of America Scholarship, $100; Clay County Arts Council Scholarship, $750; Helping Hands Scholarship, $5,000; Arkansas Promise Scholarship, $8,000 over four years, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, $14,000 over four years.

Brittany Fair -- RHS Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship, $1,000; Helping Hands Foundation Scholarship, $5,000; Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, $14,000 over four years, and the University of Central Arkansas Honors Scholarship, $60,000 over four years.

Emily Clayton -- Centennial Bank Scholarship, $200; University of Arkansas -- Department of Animal Sciences Scholarship, $500; Robert and Pauline Crockett Scholarship, $20,000 over four years, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, $14,000 over four years.

Tyler Remagen -- Future Teachers of America Scholarship, $100.

LaCinda Carter -- Future Teachers of America Scholarship, $100.

Nick Householder -- Future Teachers of America Scholarship, $100; Centennial Bank Scholarship, $200, and the Helping Hands Foundation Scholarship, $5,000.

Marla Crancer -- Centennial Bank Scholarship, $200; Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, $350; RHS Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship, $1,000; Ralph Simmons Memorial Scholarship, $1,500; Helping Hands Foundation Scholarship, $5,000, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, $14,000 over four years.

Grayson Crancer -- Centennial Bank Scholarship, $200; Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, $350; Ralph Simmons Memorial Scholarship, $1,500; Helping Hands Foundation Scholarship, $5,000, and the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, $14,000 over four years.

Mason McCluskey -- Gerobina Farms Scholarship, $5,000.

Harmony Brown -- Helping Hands Foundation Scholarship, $5,000.

Blane Murray -- Blackshare-Schwager Scholarship, $500, and the Farm Credit Mid-south Scholarship, $1,000.

Lindsey Shelton -- David Shelton Memorial Scholarship, $500; Hamilton Farms Scholarship, $5,000.

After the presentation of scholarships the students excitedly awaited their turns to receive their diplomas from school board president Jodi Simmons. The senior class then circled together in the middle of the gymnasium floor and said their goodbyes with hugs and tears as their class song "See You When I See You" played in the background.

Marla Crancer, Emily Clayton, Harmony Brown, Grayson Crancer and Lindsey Shelton led the crowd in singing the RHS alma mater, followed by Harmony Brown giving the benediction. Williams presented the class of 2015, and the RHS band began playing the recessional that led the students of the gym floor and into the next chapter of life. No longer will they grace the halls of RHS, but they will return as alumni.

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